"Anuradha does not know that her newborn daughter could die. She has not seen her even once after giving birth. Anu was unconscious. Our daughter was shifted to another hospital, and then another, and another. This is the fourth hospital I came to for help. She is barely alive. The machines are the only thing helping her." - Ghanshyam (Father)
For 9 years, this couple yearned for a child. They spent all their savings to learn why they could not have a family, and if medicines could help them. They told the village when Anuradha conceived. Today, their premature born baby girl is buried under tubes and wires in the NICU of a hospital far away from the mother. She fights for her life while her family looks for help.
'Baby is ready to meet us!' - Anu30 weeks pregnant, Anuradha was secretly planning a future for her baby. To her, it did not matter if it was a son or daughter, although everyone around her willed for a son. She just wanted a healthy baby for whom she could create a future. That day, Anuradha does not even remember what she was doing when she felt the sharp pain. In minutes, she felt water trickling down her legs. The cramps felt familiar, like menstrual cramps, but intense. She knew.
"Anu was actually excited. She screamed to everyone that the baby is coming. We did not know that it was a bad sign. We went to the nearby hospital. They said it is an emergency. No matter what they did, she was in pain. They said it is time to deliver. Instead of giving me the baby, they put her in a box with all tubes and wires. She is half the size of my arm. They told me to take her somewhere else."
She's alive today because her father did not give upIn a day's time, Ghanshyam travelled from UP to Jaipur to save his baby girl. Born premature, in rural conditions, she has pneumonia, blood infection, and severe shock. She is extremely critical and is on the highest frequency ventilator for life support.
"Anu keeps calling me. Sometimes I answer and sometimes I don't. She thinks I don't have network. She keeps asking me when I'll bring our daughter. All I say is that she was born early, so she needs to be more healthy. If Anu asks more questions, I just cut the call. I do not have the heart to tell her the truth."
He cannot hold his wife or his babyBehind the mask, Ghanshyam cries all the time. He does not want to risk touching the baby because he keeps wiping the tears off his face. He is allowed to see his baby for about 15 minutes in a day. Rest of the time, he stares through the glass doors at the small bed in the right-hand corner of the NICU.
"There is no other baby here in the ICU. I understand that my daughter is more critical. Every other hour the machine makes such a noise. Nurses run around, and put medicines to make it stop. I understood that they are trying to keep her from dying. There are two tubes in her lungs. I can see her chest moving because the machine is breathing for her."
She needs extreme measures every hourThe baby's doctor explains that an X-ray showed fluids filling the baby's lungs. She cannot breathe because of it. She also has low blood pressure and her heart rate keeps falling. The infection makes things worse as her body still does not have the strength to fight. She is getting blood through a tube in her foot. Each minute is critical to saving Anuradha's baby girl.
Only you can help this family
"I am a coolie. I make 200 rupees per day. Past few days I have not earned. Whatever I saved during pregnancy I used for the bills. I don't have even one rupee now. The hospital is being so kind by continuing treatment for now. I don't know how long I can keep her here. If help does not come, I'll lose her."
Ghanshyam is a broken man unable to hold his wife's hand or even his daughter. He knows there is nothing he can do to salvage this situation. He knows his wife won't survive if they lose their child. Your support can give this couple the only chance to have a family.